Category: Book Reviews

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Engaging Students: From Seatwork to Feetwork

Learning needs to become active and stay that way. Ron Nash’s 2nd edition of “From Seatwork to Feetwork” explains how teachers can let go of traditional teaching methods and shift to student-directed classrooms, says educator and writer Mary Langer Thompson.

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Nurture Innovative Thinking in Math Class

With plentiful humor Gerald Aungst shows how to address math problem solving in powerful and realistic ways, helping students become innovative mathematical thinkers. Middle school math resource teacher Maia Fastabend plans to revisit his book frequently.

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Grow Purposeful Writers in the Middle Grades

Writing comes alive in Paula Bourque’s book “Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers.” Bourque supports her strategies for engaging youngsters in writing, revising and editing with classroom stories, study guides, and videos, says teacher Linda Biondi.

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Zen Teaching: Create Focus and Simplicity

In The Zen Teacher Dan Tricarico helps teachers move from a frazzled, overwhelmed existence as “the living dead” to focus on the moment, allowing us to free our creativity and be better educators. Stressed teacher Laura Von Staden found the book very helpful.

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Willingham: Ideas to Raise Kids Who Read

Both parents and teachers can benefit from reading Daniel Willingham’s thorough exploration of the science of reading and comprehension, gaining insights into what works with different age groups, says middle school educator Michael DiClemente.

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A Leadership Toolkit for Schoolwide Rigor

Williamson and Blackburn set out to provide strategies and resources for education leaders to use as they work to achieve more rigorous, supportive schools. The description of this book as a “toolkit” couldn’t be more accurate, says principal Bret Olson.

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It’s Time to Retire Your Trusty Day Planner

Evernote is a 21st century day planner. In Part 4 of his productivity series for school leaders, organization consultant and former principal Frank Buck singles out Evernote as a must-have for collecting school and home information in an easily accessible way.

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Writing Every Day in Every Content Area

Even before you view the lessons and become acquainted with the many cross-curricular strategies the authors of Smuggling Writing share, you’ll discover a matrix that unifies the strategies, literacy strands, samples, lessons, digital applications and CCSS.